June 5, 2017 in In the News

Lively Polka Music Performed at Germanfest

Moments after the polka music sprang to life Saturday night at Germanfest, so did some dancers.

“It’s in the spirit, it’s uplifting,” the Rev. Tim Haberkorn, of Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Parish, said of the polka music. “It reminds us of home and traditions.”

Polka is a music native to Germany, Poland and a number of other European countries.

“It’s a happy music,” said Joey Dahlhausen, drummer in the Chardon Polka Band. “A lot of polka songs are about beer, and people like beer.” Those songs include “In Heaven There Is No Beer” and “Roll Out the Barrel.”

September 16, 2016 in In the News

Megaphones, Merriment Set Polka Concert Apart

Chardon Polka Band hit the stage at the Cat in the Cream Wednesday with all the blustery spirit of a blaring megaphone. The motley crew of musicians, miscellaneous instruments and multitude of styles created an atmosphere of playful spontaneity that permeated each moment of this group’s unorthodox interpretation of polka music. At the start of the set, audience members might have seen nothing more than a perverse misunderstanding of a cultural hallmark, but by the closing chords it became abundantly clear that this creative strain of polka vibrantly displays the genre’s core theme of celebration in food, drink and the pure joy of music.

July 18, 2016 in In the News

CBS This Morning: Greetings from Cleveland

From www.cbsnews.com

As “CBS This Morning” kicks off a week of convention coverage from Cleveland, correspondent Mo Rocca shows us the area’s unique sights and sounds, starting off in the “Ohio City” district, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods.

This city was originally called the Forest City. Then it was known as the Best Location in the Nation. Then for a time it became known as the Mistake on the Lake. [Clevelanders don’t like to hear that, but it’s a fact.]

But Cleveland is now enjoying a renaissance. Cleveland is back!

March 29, 2016 in In the News

Music Review: World War Polka – The Chardon Polka Band

From blog.raredirndl.com
By: Erika Neumayer

Yesterday was the big release of The Chardon Polka Band‘s newest album: World War Polka. I was lucky enough to get a copy of the CD early to give it a listen. Sam and I listened to it while we were cutting dirndls for production and we both came to the same conclusion… if you’re a polka lover, then this CD is for you!!

Our favorite tracks are #7 Death by Polka, #9 Squeeze Box and #10 Wir Kommen Von den Bergen.

You can feel each band member’s energy radiating from the speakers when you listen to the album and it gives me the itch to see them live!!!

Quite possibly my favorite thing about this album is the amazing packaging! I’m a dork for design, so I cannot help but adore the attention to detail that was put into the CD packaging. From the photography to the band member bios… it’s fan-freakin-tastic.

I loved learning more about each band member: Jake Kouwe (accordion), Emily Kouwe (saxophone), Mike Franklin (Banjo & Guitar) and Joey Dahlhausen (drums) by reading their bio/blurbs.

All in all, this album is so much fun and I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy.

March 28, 2016 in In the News

Prepare for polka and more on Dyngus Day

March 28, 2016 in In the News

The Pure Creative Mojo of The Chardon Polka Band

From aiguillemedia.com
By: Patrick Williams

Jake Kouwe started playing the accordion when he was 14, and within a couple of months, he began performing at recitals. His teacher taught the other children piano. He admits that the other children were more talented than him, with their Disney musical songs. But he was always the star of those recitals.

March 26, 2016 in In the News

The Chardon Polka Band releases new CD; performs for Dyngus Day

From therustbeltchronicles.com
By: Matheson Kamin

The Chardon Polka Band is a band consisting of Members: Singer, accordion player, guitarist Jake Kouwe; banjo player Mike Franklin; saxophone player, singer Emily Kouwe; and drummer Joe Dahlhausen. As a musical ensemble, The Chardon Polka Band is easily one of the busiest acts in the Greater Cleveland, as they are constantly performing for Polka music lovers all over the area on a regular basis. And as a recording group, they are just as busy having just released the 2015 Christmas album entitled Polka Round the Christmas Tree and then recently releasing a regular album of Polka standards and originals only a few months later. The band’s latest release of standards and originals is entitled World War Polka.

March 17, 2016 in In the News

Chardon Polka Band aims for a St. Pat’s throwdown

From vindy.com
By: Guy D’Astolfo

Chardon Polka Band is on the warpath.

The polka-punk-partiers flirted ever-so-briefly with fame last year as the subject of Reelz reality-TV show “Polka Kings.”

The show quickly flopped, but it taught the band a hard lesson: Don’t ever change to fit someone else’s vision of your art.

Now the CPB has retrenched and is back with a vengeance.

December 9, 2015 in In the News

Chardon Polka Band album review and holiday show preview

From therustbeltchronicles.com
By: Matheson Kamin

Every year, the music industry puts out many new releases for the Christmas season. While there are plenty of things to choose from, what you should be doing is adding to your music with something different than what already makes up the collection. That means going for the more unusual releases instead of the same old thing. For this year’s addition to your Christmas music collection, I suggest Polka Round the Christmas Tree, the new release from The Chardon Polka Band.

July 24, 2015 in In the News

Frankie Yankovic at 100

From Cleveland.com
By: Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer

Clevelanders boast that their city is the home of rock ‘n’ roll.

But it’s also home to another singularly American music, Cleveland-style polka.

Just as rock ‘n’ roll is a mix of blues and country and folk music, Cleveland-style polka is also a peculiarly American amalgam: a mix of European folk melodies, American ballroom music, Big Band, jazz and a rich Slovenian heritage. It, too, was proudly made in Cleveland.

So was its King, Frankie Yankovic.